Palm Sunday is about a different vision for the world, marked by justice, compassion, and peace, instead of injustice, oppression, and violence. Holy Week begins by asking us to choose which world we will live in.
Today, on the Church calendar, is Ascension Day. Forty days after the resurrection, according to the tradition in Acts, Jesus is taken up to the right hand of God. Let me set the scene. Jesus has just promised his disciples that they would be empowered by the Spirit to live out their calling, to be his … Continue reading Why Are You Gazing At The Sky?
On Inauguration Day I posted an open letter to Donald Trump that, essentially, called him to be a president for all Americans and to stand for justice and equality. To my surprise, this post generated a lot of strong response. Some people (even people who voted for Trump) thought it was a balanced, fair piece. … Continue reading Does God Pick Our President?
For the first word, click here. Luke 23v39-43, CEB One of the criminals hanging next to Jesus insulted him: "Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!" Responding, the other criminal spoke harshly to him, "Don’t you fear God, seeing that you’ve also been sentenced to die? We are rightly condemned, for we are receiving the … Continue reading Famous Last Words: Welcome To Paradise
We have an addiction to power. The "we" here is fluid; you can plug in many different words into that placeholder and it will still be a true statement. Americans have an addiction to power. Christians have an addiction to power. Politicians have an addiction to power. See? It works. This addiction leads to lots … Continue reading The Strength of Weakness
One of the things that people often point out in the Jesus story is the way the religious elites of Jesus' day responded to him--to his teaching, his healings, his message about God's Kingdom. Their continual posture toward Jesus and what he was doing was one of criticism and judgment. What's worse, they weren't satisfied … Continue reading Why do religious types [like me] have so much trouble with Jesus?